The Woodlawn Flats in Wilmington is a 400 unit low income rental complex. All of the houses were built 100 years ago. While the houses appear to be in very nice shape the houses are small and do not have air conditioning or insulation. Because of the size adding insulation is not feasible. Insulating a 10 x 10 bedroom would turn it into a 9 x 9 bedroom. Woodlawn Trustees which operates the Woodlawn Flats has decided to tear down the houses and rebuild.
The first section will be torn down soon. It is located between 4th and 6th Sts. and between Union St. and Bancroft Pkwy. For the past week Habitat has led groups of volunteers to pull out appliances, doors, and cabinets from the houses in this section. All of these items are in the ReStore and will be available for sale soon.
This picture shows just some what we got this week. We will be pricing items and getting them onto the sales floor as quickly as possible
This partnership between Woodlawn Trustees and Habitat will keep hundreds of usable items out of landfills and provide a large inventory for the ReStore sell and turn into proceeds for Habitat’s construction in New Castle County.
The entire project is going to take several years. As each section is emptied Habitat plans to go in and salvage as much as possible before the houses are torn down.
For this phase of the project we have been very fortunate to have a few groups of volunteers who did a great job. Groups from Americorps NCCC, George Mason University, and JP Morgan Chase all worked on clearing out units this week. Since all of the work had to be done in a short time we could not have gotten as much as we did out of the houses without the help of these volunteers.